Sensation of Water-Breaking

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes the experience of a sensation of wetness in the vagina or on the perineum, an intermittent or constant leaking of small amounts of watery fluid from the vagina, or a more obvious gush of clear or pale yellow fluid.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Sensation of water-breaking

Possible causes

  • Threatened abortion

    This is a condition that presents with vaginal bleeding that occurs in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. There is a risk of developing into a miscarriage. There are many known and unknown causes of this.

Related serious diseases

  • Premature rupture of membranes

    Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is a rupture of the membranes (amniotic sac) before labor begins, close to term. If membrane rupture occurs before 37 weeks' , it's called preterm PROM. PROM occurs in about 8% to 10% of all pregnancies. In most cases, the cause of PROM is unknown. Risk factors include infections of the uterus/ cervix/ vagina. or Increased amniotic fluid cauing too much stretching of the amniotic sac.

  • Uterine contractions
  • Threatened preterm labor

  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Placental abruption

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you feel like your water has broken?

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